MAKING OUR WAY
We believe that theatre belongs in the gutter where everyone can get to it.
Formed to create work where there was none, and nurtured to create work that is fulfilling for both artist and audience alike, Two Peas seeks to:
Create and share opportunities by opening up productions to expressions of interest from our fellow artists: auditioning roles instead of pre-casting wherever possible, pursuing new relationships and collaborations and keeping the door to the inner circle open.
Invigorate the theatre making process with the pursuit of new; stories writing, approach, discipline, collaborators and ideas.
Treat all collaborators as equal investors in each project. If not everyone gets paid, then no one gets paid.
Represent the world as it is on the stage by telling new stories with diverse characters.
Give to our audience more than we ask. We will not ask them to crowd fund our productions. Instead, we will pool our resources, blood, sweat and tears into each production for their enjoyment.
Create work for our audiences, not good reviews, and share our not-so-great reviews as openly as our great ones.
Do the best we can. Surprise and delight. Be professional in all aspects.
Two Peas are Oleg and Tara Pupovac (Clark). Two Pupovacs. Two Ps. Geddit? Oh well, we’re committed now.
Oleg and Tara first joined forces in 2010 when, with Ian Zammit, they formed Gut Feeling Productions, presenting In Stereo, a play which they co-wrote, at The Old Fitzroy Theatre.
Two Peas hit the stage for the first time in 2014 with a brand new play, We’re Bastards. Penned by The Peas’ own Oleg, We’re Bastards was generously described as “Knocking it out of the ball park” by one critic, and earned Oleg the honour of being likened to “The Notebook’s Ryan Gosling with Southern Undertones” for his performance in the role of Joe Jnr.
The same year Bastards was followed by Jennifer Forever, another brand new play, this time penned by the other Pea, Tara Clark. Jennifer Forever was subsequently selected for publication by Playlab Indie.
In 2015 Two Peas presented their first and, so far, only non-new work, David Mamet’s Edmond. For the first time the cast of 26 was played by only 4 actors and, as predicted would be the case, the response was divisive...after all, you really haven’t succeeded at the theatre if you’ve pleased everyone. “You will either love or hate Edmond, but you will never forget him,” was promised by Two Peas of this production and it left critics divided. One titled her review “Edmond, rescued by Glen Hamilton and Two Peas,” while another began hers with “David Mamet’s Edmond is a despicable human being.”
In 2016, Two Peas were invited to present a work at ATYP, and they did so with Drift, co-written by Tara Clark and Kieran Foster. With a cast of 6 and religiously true to ATYP’s mission of fostering young artists, the entire cast and crew were aged 26 or under. Given the struggle for young artists to find their footing in the industry, Two Peas were proud and humbled to be able to offer many of the artists involved their stage debut.